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Chocolate Truffle Cake

 Chocolate Truffle Cake
Love chocolate? Then this tender, luxurious layer cake is for you. With a ganache glaze and a fabulous bittersweet filling, the indulgence is so worth it. —JoAnn Koerkenmeier, Damiansville, Illinois
16 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • GANACHE:
  • 10 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, cook the milk, butter and chocolate over low
  • heat until melted. Remove from the heat; let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, beat eggs and vanilla;
  • stir in chocolate mixture until smooth. Combine the flour, sugar,
  • baking soda and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture and mix
  • well (batter will be thin).

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Chocolate Truffle Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Transfer to three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake
  • 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out
  • clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to
  • cool completely.
  • For filling, in a small saucepan, melt butter and chocolate. Stir in
  • confectioners' sugar and cream until smooth.
  • For ganache, place chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan,
  • bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth.
  • Cool, stirring occasionally, until ganache reaches a spreading
  • consistency.
  • Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with half of the
  • filling. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread
  • ganache over top and sides of cake. Store in the refrigerator.
  • Yield: 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 676 calories, 38 g fat (22 g saturated fat), 109 mg cholesterol, 299 mg sodium, 84 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 8 g protein.